I'm not Starkiller! I'm... I'm a clone. I was grown in a vat to take his place.
Starkiller was a clone of the late Galen Marek, the secret apprentice of Darth Vader. After Marek's death, Vader endeavored to recreate his disciple by utilizing Kamino's cloning facilities. The cloning procedure was initially imperfect and many clones were too unstable to suitably replace Marek. After months of failures, one particular clone impressed Vader enough for him to hope that this version might become the first success. But as with the others, he inherited Marek's power and skills at the cost of receiving his emotions as well. Like those who came before him, the clone could not free himself from the emotional imprints passed on by Marek, especially his personal attachment to Juno Eclipse. As with Marek, the clone's dedication to the Dark side of the Force was undermined by Eclipse as he steadily became obsessed with her. When Vader judged him to be another imperfect copy, the clone escaped from Kamino and embarked on a personal journey to find Eclipse. Lacking a name of his own, and refusing to take the one that belonged to his template, he was subsequently known by Marek's callsign Starkiller. After visiting several worlds in his search for Eclipse, the clone's journey came full circle when Eclipse's capture forced him to return to Kamino and confront his master —just as Vader planned, knowing that Starkiller's artificial attachment to Juno Eclipse would force the clone to return to Kamino. Finally reunited with Juno, the two were assigned to personally transport the Sith Lord to the Alliance headquarters to await trial and execution for his crimes against the galaxy.
Early life and training
We are still left with hundreds upon hundreds of abject failures. While they no longer try to kill anything that comes near them, they are nearly insensible.
—Lead Cloning Technician, Timira City Cloning Facility
Six months after the death the original Starkiller, Darth Vader took his body to Kamino and cloned him, hoping for a more powerful and obedient version of his deceased apprentice. After a series of deranged and deformed clones resulted in numerous failures, Vader finally created a stable clone of Starkiller. However, due to the fact that the accelerated cloning process was incomplete, the clone began to experience visions, including the sound of the rustling forests of Galen's home planet, a warning from someone during a past battle his template took part in, and a woman's voice. Vader explained that they were the memories of the clone's dead template, the result of a side effect in the accelerated cloning process and the memory flashes used to train the clone. In order to overcome them, Vader instructed the clone to be what his progenitor couldn't—to destroy what the original Starkiller created, and to hate what he loved.
The accelerated cloning process is still... imperfect. Those who came before you went mad within months. I believed you would be the first success, but it seems you are to suffer the same fate.
To find out if this clone would be the first success out of numerous failures, Vader provided him with a new test: kill several holodroids disguised as Rebel troopers and Juno Eclipse herself. It was purely symbolic, a way for Vader to find out how much the clone was willing to destroy his predecessor's legacy. Starkiller easily dispatched all of the troopers, but the imprinted emotions of his genetic template prevented the clone striking down the droid impersonating Eclipse. Vader destroyed the droid, disappointed with his latest failure. He explained that the clone was suffering from the same side effects of the cloning procedure just like all of the other clones that came before him. Just as Starkiller asked what would happen to him, he experienced another vision: Vader stabbing the original Starkiller in the back with a lightsaber on board the Executor. Now fully convinced that Vader was going to kill him, Starkiller lashed out with a bolt of Force lightning at his master before blowing a hole in the wall. With Vader momentarily dazed, Starkiller jumped out of the hole he created and began his escape attempt. After killing numerous Imperial stormtroopers and destroying several TIE fighters on the way to his master's TIE fighter, he quickly disposed of the stormtroopers and AT-STs guarding it. He then took the TIE fighter and escaped from Kamino, just narrowly avoiding Darth Vader as he left. For a moment, Starkiller was unsure of what to do. Although he escaped, Starkiller knew better than to believe that he was truly free from Vader's control, or that Juno Eclipse would be safe. Overwhelmed by his progenitor's love for Eclipse, and convinced that Vader would try to use her to his advantage, Starkiller became determined to find Eclipse before Vader did. With a search grid no larger than the entire galaxy and the target being a fugitive woman on the run from the Galactic Empire, Starkiller realized that General Rahm Kota would be a useful asset in his mission to find Eclipse. Thus, with his stolen TIE fighter, the clone locked in a course for Cato Neimoidia.
Starkiller: “The Jedi, where is he?”
―Starkiller and Merillion Tarko
Merillion: “Oh, he's alive, for the moment. He's been in the arena for seven days.”
After arriving on Cato Neimoidia, Starkiller landed his stolen TIE fighter at Tarko-se, the headquarters of Baron Merillion Tarko. When the vessel registered as Darth Vader's personal starfighter, Tarko had assumed that the Sith Lord was making an unexpected visit and immediately gathered a squadron of stormtroopers to greet him on a landing platform. But to Tarko's surprise, a young man, unknown to the Baron and wearing an Imperial pilot uniform, emerged as the pilot of Vader's TIE fighter. Although initially confused, the Baron became suspicious when Starkiller inquired about Kota's whereabouts. Hence, he asked the clone for the security codes to the sector, while also concealing a blaster pistol behind his back. When it became apparent that Starkiller did not possess the codes, Tarko and his soldiers began firing on the intruder. But when Starkiller easily deflected the blaster shots, Tarko retreated back into his city after ordering the stormtroopers to kill the Force-wielder. Starkiller was undaunted by the Baron's Imperial forces and proceeded to make his way through the city through sheer power, leaving a path of utter destruction throughout the city. After fighting his way to the city's arena, Starkiller found Rahm Kota in the center of the stage, exhausted and wounded, but alive and amidst a legion of fallen opponents. The general was shocked to see a person who perfectly resembled the the Rebel Alliance's fallen hero, having sensed him as he became one with the Force. Without sufficient time to provide Kota with an explanation, Starkiller insisted that the general remain out of the rest of the fighting for his own safety. But Kota refused, determined to finally bring Baron Tarko to justice. Falling back on a last resort to kill both Starkiller and the general, Tarko ordered that the Gorog be unleashed into the arena, despite the concerns of his Neimoidian aides.
While Starkiller withstood the onslaught of the savage monster, Kota used the clone's distraction to reach the Baron's sky box. Unable to kill the clone, the Gorog was tricked by Starkiller into destroying most of the arena's infrastructure, essentially ruining the integrity of the entire arena. As the arena began to collapse and fall into the sinkhole beneath it, Starkiller entered the sky box and found Kota preparing to put an end to Tarko's brutal reign. Before either of them could kill Tarko, the Gorog temporarily prevented its fall by grabbing onto the sky box, effectively destroying it as well. To Tarko's horror, his own gold throne scooped him up as it slid towards the sky box's broken viewport. Unable to prevent himself from being taken down by his throne's massive weight, Tarko could only scream in vain as he fell straight into the Gorog's mouth. Before falling into the depths below, the Gorog reached into the sky box and caught Kota, dragging the general down with it. Having literally destroyed Tarko-se to find Kota in the hopes of locating Eclipse, Starkiller dived out of the sky box's shattered window and used the Force to propel his speed to catch up with the falling general. With a sudden discharge of Force speed, Starkiller shot right through the Gorog's torso, causing the creature to finally release Kota. As the two continued to fall, Kota contacted the Rogue Shadow. The ship succeeded in intercepting them just in time while the Gorog continued to its descent into the mouth of the sinkhole.
As the Rogue Shadow departed from Cato Neimoidia, Starkiller entered the ship's cockpit, only to find that Eclipse was not piloting the ship, nor on the ship at all anymore. Kota was under the impression that the man who saved him in the arena was the same Starkiller he last saw on the Death Star, but "Starkiller" revealed that he was actually a clone created to take the place of the original Starkiller at Darth Vader's side. Kota thought that it was impossible to clone a Force-sensitive, believing that no one has ever attempted to clone Jedi or Sith. However, the clone was not convinced by the general's opinions and pointed out that Vader likely discovered the method to clone Force-wielders with the aid of Kaminoan expertise and technology. When Kota insinuated that Starkiller was too afraid to be Galen Marek, the clone adamantly refused to be called by his progenitor's birth-name, believing that it wasn't technically his name. Aside from Starkiller's identity, Kota was more interested both in how to use Starkiller's power for the Rebel cause and his knowledge of the cloning facilities on Kamino, as he explained the fragile situation with the Rebel Alliance: their leadership was deadlocked, unwilling to commit resources and personnel to large targets or hit-and-runs. He firmly believed that with someone as powerful in the Force as Starkiller, the Alliance could finally inflict a major blow to the Empire. But Starkiller refused to be used in the general's plans, placing more importance in finding Juno Eclipse. Although he saved Kota so that the general could help him find Eclipse, he soon realized that that Kota wasn't any help at all. Moreover, he was unsure about what to do with himself and desired to find a place to meditate and think—without Kota's distractions. The Jedi general snapped at him for putting his personal feelings ahead of the needs of the galaxy, but relented and asked to be dropped off at a spaceport while the Rogue Shadow remained with Starkiller.
Vision on Dagobah
Fine, then. Go to the forests of Kashyyyk or the caves of Dagobah, or wherever you think you'll find what you need and let the galaxy die.
After parting ways with Rahm Kota, Starkiller traveled to Dac, the home of the Mon Calamari, only to get no where in his search for Eclipse. Starkiller came to feel that rescuing Kota and traveling to Dac both turned out to be counter-productive in his mission, only further deterring off of the path to finding Eclipse. While studying a map of the galaxy, Starkiller remembered Kota's brief mentioning of Dagobah. Although he was unsure of how this would help him find Eclipse, Starkiller had no other way of finding her at the time. Thus, he locked in a course for Dagobah, at their very least to find a place to meditate if the planet failed to be of any use in his mission. After landing the Rogue Shadow on the surface of the planet, Starkiller began exploring his surroundings. Shortly after discovering an entrance to a dark cave, he encountered a small green sentient creature. The first thing Starkiller noticed about the creature was that it showed no sign of fear at the sight of the clone's lightsabers, and that its eyes were filled only with amusement. Sensing that the strange being posed no threat to him, nor tried to, Starkiller deactivated his lightsabers. Although he was unnerved by how the creature easily and accurately read the clone's situation, Starkiller inquired if what he was searching for was inside the cave. The creature dropped his pretense of amusement and encouraged the clone to enter cave and seek out what he was searching for. When he entered the cave, Starkiller was confronted by other clones of Marek, all reaching out for him. Although initially surprised, he chose to ignore them and press on deeper into the cave. He then received a vision of an event that occurred some after his escape from Kamino. In the vision, he saw a fully armored figure analyzing the room where Starkiller began his escape from the cloning facility. Realizing that he was seeing the vision through his master's eyes, he listened as Darth Vader assured the bounty hunter that the Empire would provide him with all the resources he needed to complete his mission, including a detachment of stormtroopers and a rather large and heavily armed droid that Starkiller was unfamiliar with. He then experienced another vision, this time through the eyes of Juno Eclipse, who was commanding a ship was caught in a surprise attack by Imperial forces. After a brief skirmish on the ship's bridge, Starkiller saw Eclipse fall from a blaster shot to the shoulder. As he exited the cave, the clone was deeply disturbed by the visions he endured and was determined to prevent Eclipse from dying at any cost. Before leaving, he saw that the little creature had remained by the cave's entrance the entire time. He briefly wondered how the creature was able to maintain such a calm composure around a cave that was immersed in the dark side, and then came to suspect that the creature possessed a power far greater than his appearance gave off. After the creature encouraged Starkiller to follow the path his visions directed him in, the clone nodded in acknowledgment of the creature's wisdom and departed from Dagobah to resume his search for the former Imperial captain.
Attack on the Salvation
Arriving at Nordra, Starkiller and Kota docked aboard the Salvation ahead of Kota's squad, which had taken an alternate vessel. While taking a rapid cargo tram towards the Salvation bridge, Kota informed Starkiller about the state of affairs within the Alliance. The Alliance leadership was deadlocked, as they didn't have the firepower to take out a meaningful Imperial target, and hit-and-run raids wasted too many lives. Juno Eclipse was part of the militarist camp, calling for an aggressive strike, even for only a symbolic victory. Kota didn't tell Juno that Starkiller was with him, feeling that it would be better for her to see for herself. Starkiller handed Kota an encrypted Code cylinder that contained information about the Timira City cloning facilities; everything the Alliance needs to launch a successful attack.
The cargo tram suddenly ground to a halt as the ship was attacked. Starkiller and Kota quickly drew their lightsabers and made their way to the bridge on foot, attacked by Imperial Terror Soldiers along the way. Reaching the bridge, they found it in shambles, most of the personnel dead and Juno missing. Starkiller found PROXY, the original Starkiller's training droid, who informed them that Juno had likely been taken to the Deck 7 docking bays. While Kota remained on the bridge to take command of the ship, Starkiller continued on alone, following the destructive trail left by Vader's bounty hunter and the Imperial forces. Making it to the hangar, Starkiller arrived just in time to see Boba Fett and a very shocked Juno Eclipse board Fett's ship. Attempting to stop Fett's ship from fleeing by grasping it telekinetically, Starkiller was forced to break off when he was attacked by a Terror Walker. Pursuing the monstrous droid into the Salvation's reactor chamber, Starkiller destroyed it. Contacting Kota, Starkiller demanded that Kota order the attack on Kamino, so he could go rescue Juno from Darth Vader. As he felt his rage build up at the thought of Juno's capture and his Master, Starkiller experienced another vision in the Force; he stood victorious over a defeated Darth Vader and raised his blade to finally end the Sith Lord's life. Before he could deliver the final blow, however, he was impaled from behind by a lightsaber through the chest. In the last moments of his short existence, Starkiller saw that his killer's face was exactly like his own; it was another clone of Galen Marek—a reborn Starkiller, deeply absorbed in the dark side and much more powerful. The last thing that Starkiller saw before snapping out of the vision was water as Vader telekinetically pushed the imperfect clone's body into the vast ocean of Kamino. Shortly after his departure from Dagobah, Starkiller traveled to Malastare where he found Rahm Kota and explained the details of his visions. After confirming that Eclipse was indeed in command of the Salvation, and that PROXY had been salvaged and reactivated after the incident on Corellia, Kota convinced Starkiller to take him and his squad to the Rebel fleet's location. Along the way, Starkiller continued to contemplate on Eclipse's relationship with the original Starkiller, and how his emotional imprints continued to dominate his mind and further drive his need to be with the woman that Marek loved. He came to realize that she had as much a profound impact on him as she did on Marek, and that he would sacrifice anything just to be with her - even the Rebellion that his progenitor helped to create. Along the course from Malastare to the Salvation, Kota handed two blue crystals to Starkiller, which had been in his possession since the Clone Wars; Starkiller compared the crystals to the color of Eclipse's eyes. Meanwhile, Starkiller's thoughts drifted to the Rebel Alliance and what could be done to make it a more serious challenge to the Galactic Empire. To that end, he insinuated to Kota that he was willing to provide the Alliance with everything it needed to launch a successful attack on Kamino, namely the navigation coordinates and schematics for the secret cloning facility where Vader created him. Upon exiting Hyperspace, the Rogue Shadow arrived at its destination where the Salvation was located. Starkiller was surprised that the Rebels had not already been attacked. However, Kota counseled the clone that Force visions were rarely wrong. Before docking with the Salvation, Kota promised that he would use Starkiller's knowledge of Kamino to the Alliance's benefit.
Battle of Kamino
I knew it was only a matter of time before you returned. Now you will surrender to me or you will die here where you were created.
—Darth Vader to Starkiller
Starkiller returned to the hangar just in time to see the Rebel fleet arrive at Kamino. Engaging the Imperial forces that boarded the Salvation, Starkiller systematically eliminated them before returning to the bridge. Kota and PROXY informed him that the attack was going badly; as the Imperials had been waiting for them, and the deflector shield protecting Timira City prevented them from landing any of their forces. Starkiller advised Kota to order the ship abandoned so he could crash in through the planetary shield and destroy the planetside shield generator. Slaving all ship systems to the bridge, Starkiller plotted a course straight at the planetside shield generators and set the ship on autopilot. As the ship plummeted towards Timira City, Starkiller cleared debris from the battle out of the ship's path, allowing it to smash through the shield. As the Salvation continued falling, it broke in half, with the rear half plowing into the shield generator, while his flew at the spire where Darth Vader was holed up. Too late realizing that Juno was also being held in the spire, Starkiller used the Force to destroy the entire forward section of the Salvation. Managing to survive the fall onto the facility, Starkiller briefly lost consciousness. While unconscious, Starkiller remembered Galen Marek's mother, and how she sacrificed herself to protect her family from Trandoshan slavers before Galen's abduction by Vader. When he awoke on the Kaminoan battlefield, he tried to shrug it off and focus on the task at hand. As he was on the cloning facilities interior, he needed to find an entrance to allow the Rebel forces in. Making his way towards one of the Imperial hangar bays, he killed everything in his path, as well as clearing out a group of snipers harrying Rahm Kota and his squad. Rendezvousing with Kota, they broke into one of the Imperial command centers, hoping to use it to open the hangar doors, but the controls were destroyed by an Imperial bombing run. While Kota and his men looked for a security hub to prevent any more lockdown, Starkiller made his way to an alternate command center only to find the controls locked. Instead, he used telekinesis to wrench the doors open.
Needing a shortcut across the facilities interior towards the base of the cloning spires, Starkiller climbed on top of the hangar doors and leaped onto a passing Y-wing. The pilot, Wedge Antilles, obliged to Starkiller's request for a ride, flying him across the dome. Leaping off and entering the spire, Starkiller began ascending. Within, he engaged Imperial Saber Guardsmen and Sith Acolytes, and finding to his horror that most of the cloning tanks within the spire contained more clones of Galen Marek. As he ascended higher and higher, he attempted to do so stealthily and with as little bloodshed as possible, but was given away by an unnoticed Terror Trooper, forcing him to kill them all.
Confrontation with Vader
I knew it was only a matter of time before you returned. Now you will surrender to me, or you will die here where you were created.
Exiting an elevator in the cloning labs near the top of the spire, Starkiller continued on, despite Kota's protests via comlink. As he wandered through the smoke-shrouded corridors, he was attacked by Vader. Starkiller managed to fend off the Sith Lord, but was struck by a sudden and violent Force vision before he could counter, allowing Vader to slip away. Tortured by his own mind as he wandered the corridors, Starkiller was attacked twice more by Vader before reentering the larger interior spaces of the spire.
Darth Vader made himself visible on one of the tank platforms, declaring that Starkiller would either surrender to him or die. Starkiller leapt up to engage Vader, but the Dark Lord relied on more evasive tactics, fending off Starkiller's attacks while sending Sith Training Droids in the guise of various figures from Galen Marek's past to fight him. Starkiller easily held them off and turned on Vader. However, the Vader he fought turned out to just be another Holodroid, and Starkiller leapt further upwards in search of the real Sith Lord.
As he prepared to face the true Darth Vader, Starkiller also found himself confronted by a veritable army of aberrant clones of Galen Marek, thus proving that Vader had not lied about creating other clones of Marek, as Starkiller originally believed. As he fought his "brothers," Starkiller could sense that all of the clones were virtually the same as him—not only because they possessed the same skills as him, albeit in varying degrees, but also because they had inherited the same Force potential and identity crisis as Starkiller. Faced with what were essentially alternate versions of himself and his template, Starkiller was forced to truly accept his identity as a clone in the face of this overwhelming proof. His aggressive counters against the clones were reluctant, as he felt they had just as much right to live as he. He killed them all with a powerful Force repulse, then quietly questioned Darth Vader; Why me?.
After a momentary dialogue, Starkiller rushed Vader in a rage. Vader casually parried the attack, and blocked the follow-up with his lightsaber and telekinesis, throwing Starkiller off his feet as the platform bucked. Starkiller regained his feet and came on swinging. Even as they fought across the top level of the tower, Starkiller sensed that Vader was still testing him, and attempted to keep a handle on his emotions. When an opening came, Starkiller moved to take it, only to be hit by a vision of a dead Juno Eclipse in his arms. Starkiller's momentary confusion allowed Vader to knock him down and quietly retreat. Starkiller pursued him, and reached the very top of the spire.
When Starkiller demanded Juno's location, Vader sidestepped and revealed her standing behind him. Vader took her up in a telekinetic choke hold, demanding that Starkiller surrender to him in exchange for her life. Starkiller agreed, casting aside his lightsabers and dropping to his knees. With the clone in submission, Vader commanded Starkiller to locate and kill Rahm Kota, embrace the Dark side of the Force, and to hunt down and execute the Rebel leaders upon the completion of his training; failure to meet any of the Sith Lord's demands would result in nothing less than Juno's death. However, while Vader spoke, Juno retrieved one of Starkiller's lightsabers and attacked Vader. Vader managed to dodge, blasting her back with a powerful Force push, seemingly killing her. Starkiller fell on Darth Vader in blind rage.
As they fought across the rain-slicked spire roof, Starkiller realized that this was Vader's plan all along; to use Juno's death to bring about his own fall. Knowing this, Starkiller attempted to reason with Vader, even as their fight increased in intensity. He even went so far as to suggest that his Master join the Alliance in order to destroy the Emperor. But Vader simply redoubled his own attack in response, making it clear that he wanted nothing to do with the Rebellion. As they continued to fight, Vader tried to encourage Starkiller to rise above his artificial feelings for Juno Eclipse, stating that she meant nothing and was only holding him back. Starkiller continued to press his attacks in order to get to Juno, but Vader stayed firmly between the two and reminded Starkiller that Juno loved a dead man—not a clone.
Starkiller was eventually forced onto his back foot and disarmed. Dodging Vader's lightsaber throws, he caught his former Master's lightsaber and threw it back at him, cutting off Vader's right hand. Starkiller than telekinetically arranged several of the massive lightning rods across the top of the spire to direct a bolt at him. Catching and redirecting the bolt of lightning, Starkiller channeled it into a powerful barrage of Force lightning, driving Darth Vader to his knees.
Reclaiming his lightsabers, Starkiller prepared to execute Darth Vader, even as the Sith Lord continued to try turning him. However, he was halted at the last second by Rahm Kota and his squad. Kota called for taking Vader prisoner to interrogate and formally execute him, reasoning to Starkiller that the Vader was the only one who knew for sure whether or not he was truly a clone. Unknown to Starkiller, he had both Boba Fett and a fellow surviving clone of Galen Marek preparing to intervene if Starkiller attempted to kill Vader. Ultimately, Starkiller chose to spare Darth Vader, thus heeding Kota's advice rather than succumbing to Vader's insistence that the clone fulfill his destiny.
As long as she lives, I will always control you.
—Darth Vader to Starkiller
As General Kota and his men secured their valuable hostage, Starkiller ran to Eclipse's inert form where PROXY told him that he was unable to revive her. Distraught, Starkiller cradled her body in his arms, lamenting that he should have stayed on Kamino. But miraculously, Juno awoke and kissed him. As the Rebels prepared to depart from Kamino with Darth Vader as their prisoner, Starkiller decided to remain with the Alliance in order to remain at Juno's side, knowing that she was firmly committed to the Rebel cause and wished for him to do so as well. Despite his victory, Starkiller remained as confused and uncertain as ever over his origins. Although he initially believed himself to be the only clone or even possibly the original apprentice, Starkiller was haunted by the revelation that Vader had indeed told the truth about creating many clones of Galen Marek. While Juno and Kota reported their success to Senator Leia Organa, Starkiller helped the Rebels as they placed Vader in the meditation chamber of the Rogue Shadow. The Sith Lord was contained within a harness designed with durasteel cuffs to restrain his arms and legs, magna locks to encase his waist, chest and throat, and a cage that surrounded his helmet and left only his mask exposed. With Vader fully secured, Starkiller chose to confront his Master once more. He gloated about sparing the Sith Lord's life and declared that he no longer cared about whether he was a clone or the original apprentice. Despite all of the conflict and confusion that plagued his thoughts, he tried to assert that his victory and freedom were the only things that mattered to him. Darth Vader remained completely unresponsive to the clone's provocations. Starkiller turned to leave after finishing his short display of bravado, but was immediately stopped by the sound of his Master's voice. With more assurance in his words than the rogue clone had in his, Darth Vader simply stated that he would always control Starkiller as long as Juno Eclipse was alive. Although Starkiller was utterly caught off guard by Vader's warning, he chose not to reply and returned to the ship's cockpit where Eclipse resumed her former role as its pilot. The Rogue Shadow then took off for Dantooine, unaware that Boba Fett's ship, the Slave I, was hiding in the wreckage of a Star Destroyer before tailing them.
Darth Vader's tenure in Rebel Alliance captivity wouldn't last long, as he would be free and active by 0 BBY. Starkiller's reemergeance would likely prove to be a boon to the Alliance, though both Kota and Juno encouraged him to keep a low profile, wanting to keep it under wraps for the time being, unsure about what the Alliance leadership would think of him. Starkiller's ultimate fate is unknown until 7 ABY.
Confederation of Free Planets
In 7 ABY Starkiller joined the Confederation of Free Planets. In 8 ABY Order 66 was given to Confederate troops across the galaxy to kill the Jedi. Starkiller was shocked that the New Jedi Order tired to overthrow the Confederation of Free Planets. Starkiller thought that the New Jedi Order was evil and fought on the side of the Confederation of Free Planets against the Jedi. In 10 ABY Starkiller fought in the Battle of Endor against the ailled forces of the Jedi. After the Battlemoon was destroyed, Starkiller returned to a Star Destroyer with Captain Juno Eclipse.
New Galactic Empire
Later Starkiller was forced to become part of the New Galactic Empire after it replaced the Confederation of Free Planets. Starkiller fought in the Battle for Coruscant alongside CM-9797, CC-2009, CC-1010, and CC-2187. They fought on the surface of the planet. The whole Remnant to Restore the Republic, Jedi Remnant, Wookiee Rebel Alliance, and the Alsakan Resistance were there. After hours of fighting, the battle was won by the Empire.
Personality and traits
He is no Jedi. A Jedi controls his emotions and his powers. But Starkiller... he does not know restraint. He will bring down an entire Star Destroyer on your head, if that is what it takes to kill you."
"The Starkiller you knew? The one who could pull starships out of the sky? He's dead. Vader had him cloned. That's who is searching for you... a half-mad copy who only thinks he loves you.
—Juno Eclipse and Boba Fett
Upon his creation, "Starkiller" was trained to be the same lethal assassin that the original Starkiller had been, prior to his death. But like all of the clones who came before him, Starkiller was undermined by the emotions that he inherited from the original Starkiller, Galen Marek. As his training continued, the clone tried to avoid contemplating on the memories he inherited from his genetic template, especially when it came to surviving Darth Vader's relentless and unforgiving training regimen. However, Starkiller became increasingly confused by visions of Marek's life, mainly due to his inability to separate Marek's memories from his own experience. When Darth Vader revealed that other clones of Galen Marek had previously been created, Starkiller refused to believe him. According to Vader, the clones had also inherited many aspects of Marek's personality, although some characteristic traits were dominant than others. Some clones were overtaken by Marek's sentimental emotions over the memory of his dead father, while others were brought down by the memories of Marek's younger self. In Starkiller's case, the most dominant trait that he inherited from Marek was his love for Juno Eclipse. Starkiller cared nothing for the memory of his template's dead father or the young boy Marek had once been. It didn't seem possible to the clone that any version of Galen Marek could feel anything other than his love for Juno Eclipse. Thus, he believed that if their were any clones before him, they would have all been driven by Marek's feelings for Eclipse, just as he had been. Aside from all of his self-doubt and uncertainty, Starkiller's love for Eclipse was the one thing he felt truly certain about. Even though Rahm Kota believed that cloning Jedi and Sith was an impossible accomplishment, Starkiller remained unconvinced by the general's stubborn opinion. He felt that just because it hadn't been achieved in the past, it didn't mean that Vader couldn't have discovered a way with the help of Kaminoan cloning technology. Although he became known as "Starkiller", the original apprentice's former code name, he had no intention of being known by his template's birth name, "Galen Marek." As far as Starkiller was concerned, that name had no significance to him since it technically didn't belong to him at all. Despite Kota's contradicting argument, Starkiller remained convinced that he was nothing more than an imperfect version of Darth Vader's dead apprentice. Ultimately, the two greatest aspects to the clone's personality were his uncertainty over his origins and his single-minded fixation on Juno Eclipse. For the love he felt towards Eclipse, he was willing to sacrifice anything to protect her, even if it meant sacrificing the Galaxy to the oppression of the Sith or destroying the Rebel Alliance that his template helped to create. Despite his refusal to return to the dark side, Starkiller was willing to serve Vader once more in order to save Eclipse's life. Aside from Starkiller's feelings for Eclipse, Galen Marek's other personality traits were not nearly as dominant within his clone by comparison. Before his death, Marek became increasingly curious about his past, especially after seeing a Force vision of his dead father. Marek even traveled to Coruscant, the capital world of the Galactic Empire, just to visit the ruins of the Jedi Temple in order to learn more about his father. But unlike his template, Starkiller did not share Marek's emotional sentiment over the apprentice's origin. Thus, the memory of Marek's father and mother was of little importance to the clone. After sparing Darth Vader's life, Starkiller remained uncertain about whether he was a clone or not. During his confrontation with the Sith Lord, he struggled internally with his feelings over the matter.
Overall, Vader's explanation made more sense to him then Kota's argument, which was greatly undermined with the discovery of Marek's other clones located in Timira City. Furthermore, Starkiller began to believe that he struggled to hold on to his feelings with even greater desperation because, deep down, he knew that they were counterfeit. After sparing Vader's life, Starkiller struggled even more with his inner conflict over whether he was a clone or not. Although he tried to convince himself that the truth did not matter as long as his existence led to the eventual destruction of Emperor Palpatine, he was still haunted more than ever by the clones that he killed while fighting Vader. Starkiller was burdened with guilt after realizing that he had committed fratricide—or even suicide—by murdering his brothers, all of whom were genetic copies of the same man just like him.
Starkiller's lightsabers were modified versions of the stock lightsabers provided to the clones of Galen Marek. They all featured a transparent hilt that displayed the lightsaber energy oscillating within, which was lined by a series of black plates. The activator was a simple red button on a silver ring around the hilt approximately halfway along its length. The emitters on Starkiller's lightsabers featured a slanted, wrap-around guard that bore design similarities to emitter shrouds, as opposed to the standard emitters on the original stock design. The vast majority of the clones wielded silver lightsabers, but Starkiller and other select clones were provided with weapons that emitted a red blade. Starkiller later replaced the red crystals with a set of blue crystals provided by Rahm Kota.
- Test subject garments
A simple garment provided to all of the clones, this wardrobe was designed to be purely functional. The outfit consisted of simple slacks and short-sleeved shirt, basic boots, all dark colored, topped off by a brighter sleeveless tunic with a low neckline. The shoulders and the waist featured guards or braces composed of a leather-like material. The uniform also appeared to be fire-retardant. Starkiller's particular set was tattered and threadbare by the time of his escape, due to his heavy training under Darth Vader.
- Imperial flightsuit
Starkiller evidently found this garment on board Darth Vader's fighter when he stole the vessel. The outfit was a simple Imperial flightsuit, though Starkiller notably did away with the helmet and chest-mounted equipment.
- Hero's armor
A garment adopted by Starkiller just before his and Kota's rendezvous with the Rebel fleet, it would become his primary outfit. Consisting of a loose-fitting blue and white bodysuit covered by a long white, sleeveless tunic, the garment featured a utility belt covered with pockets and a segmented, bare-metal breastplate. His wrists and knees were also covered by bare-metal guards.
I want to be as far away from here as possible when Starkiller shows up. I've seen what he can do.
As like the original Starkiller the clone had a formidable mastery of force powers. His abilities were less at first as he only retained knowledge of some of his force powers. However as his training progressed, and he became more powerful, he began to remember other force powers and their uses. He, as the original, was very proficient in using force lightning, and was able to use it in unique ways such as channeling lightning from lightning spires. Demonstrated on Kamino to amplify his own power, and unleash a powerful blast, enough to bring even Darth Vader to his knees. (Though he is more susceptible to it.) Like the original he could also combine his lightning power with his saber attacks to unleash devastating strikes. He was also a master of Force Repulse. Once he remembered how to use it at full power, his repulse would simply disintegrate his surrounding opponents unless they were force users or had protective armor stronger than a clone trooper's. He was also very proficient in lightsaber throws. At full power his lightsaber throws could seek out enemies from long distances and kill multiple enemies at a time or cause devastating damage to a single opponent. As with the original, the clone was able to utilize a devastating force push sending multiple enemies off their feet with a fully charged blast. His force grip ability was also very powerful. Able to grip very large and heavy objects and even able to grip two or three objects at a time. He can also grip flying Tie Fighters and crush them to a block of scrap metal. This clone was also proficient in the jedi ability of mind trick. This power allowed him to confuse his enemies causing them to fight each other or take their own lives. When he mastered this ability fully, he could mind trick up to three people at once, and they would explode in a blast of concentrated energy after the mind trick wore off. The clone was able to use an ability dubbed force rage. When he had gathered enough force energy, he was able to unleash it through his body amplifying all of his abilities beyond their already formidable levels. When he is in full control of force rage, he can grip and crush AT-ST's with minimal effort. He can even infuse all of his abilities with force lightning to cause massive damage. He would also use his sabers in a very brutal fashion and at range so enemies can't even get close to him. He took full advantage of the Jar'Kai form using his speed and lightning to his advantage. His saber throw had much more range and he could take out enemies from even greater distances. He could Force Push dozens of enemies at once. His repulse is imbued with force lightning, creating an immensely powerful barrage of energy that could knock enemies off their feet and disintegrate them. His force lightning blasts can vaporize opponents in mere seconds. When the clone uses force rage, he is a practically an unstoppable opponent. However the clone could only use this ability sparingly, as it would drain his force energy reserves at a quick rate. He would not be weakened after using force rage, but it would take him time to build up that concentrated force energy again to use this power.
As was the case with most of the Galen Marek clones, Starkiller was trained to fight with dual-lightsabers. Starkiller strongly favored the Ataru and Niman lightsaber forms, using their dual-blade training regiments to develop his skills, mastering Jar'Kai. In combat, Starkiller utilized heavily pre-practiced fighting sequences, performing them instinctively while he lapsed into a trance-like state. His bladework was elaborate and highly unpredictable, reinforced by sudden Force-based attacks that he chained into his sequences. Like Galen Marek, Starkiller favored the Shien-style reversed grip. Starkiller also demonstrated an aptitude for improvised weapons and disarmament techniques; in particular, he would often deprive Imperial riot troopers of their Electrostaffs and attack them with the weapons. When caught up in the frenzy of Force fury, Starkiller would unleash brutal physical attacks against his hapless enemies. Also, while in "Fury mode", he demonstrated an aptitude for Telekinetic lightsaber combat, throwing his dual-lightsabers in devastating arcs, often striking multiple opponents at a time. Starkiller's skill as a duelist was such that he could overcome most opponents with little difficulty, with only Darth Vader being able to stand against him for a significant length of time. Riot troopers, Imperial Saber Guardsman, even other Marek clones were no match for him.
Behind the Scenes
Starkiller's clone was created for the 2010 video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, and was played by Sam Witwer like the original Starkiller. In the early marketing of TFU2, the clone is seen wearing a different costume known as the "combat arena" costume in the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360's unlock of costumes. The design of the lightsabers evidently underwent a major revision during the development of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. The early design was a heavy duty, segmented hilt with a large emitter shroud and fabric wrappings on the grip. This design was featured in the cinematic trailers, the concept and promotional art, and the graphic novel adaptation. It should also be noted that the lightsabers Vader hands to Starkiller in the opening cinematic of The Force Unleashed II are in fact a double-set of the original Starkiller's lightsaber. In Star Wars: Purge shows that Starkiller joined the Confederation of Free Planets three years after the death of Darth Vader on the Death Star II.
Some of the hints to Starkiller's origin appear to contradict each other. On one hand, the blurb of the novel stated that Starkiller was brought back as a person devoid of memories from his former life and "programmed to kill." In the Force Unleashed II section of the LucasArts website, however, Darth Vader's profile clearly states that Vader secretly cloned the original Starkiller in order to continue his plot to overthrow Emperor Palpatine and then lost control of the clone when he escaped from Kamino. Within the game, it is implied that the player character is possibly the real Starkiller, having been led to believe he is a clone. However, this argument is largely based around Rahm Kota's perspective. Most of the other supplementary material is fairly straightforward in identifying Starkiller as a clone. However, the novelization, being told largely from Starkiller's point of view, leaves the idea largely up for grabs.
The major piece of evidence supporting Starkiller's identity as a clone are the Distant Thunder cinematics unlocked through the challenge levels. These motion comic-style cinematics depict the training and development of the Dark Apprentice, and shows Vader displaying Galen Marek's corpse to the clone. Interestingly, the body was dressed in Marek's Sith training outfit rather than the Jedi Adventure Robes that Marek was wearing when he died. The Distant Thunder cinematics take place before the ending of the game and have no impact on the game's progression. With the evidence including the Dark Apprentice's appearance in the novel through a Force vision, as well as being mentioned in the Databank profile of the canonical Aberrant Clones, it is assumed that the Dark Apprentice is a canonical character. The Distant Thunder scenes also reveal that the Dark Apprentice learned to forget his feelings for Juno Eclipse, the original Galen Marek's love interest, and thereby become a "more perfect" clone of the original, devoid of emotions to cloud his judgment. The Dark Apprentice was ordered by Darth Vader in the last scene of Distant Thunder to "intervene only when necessary" in reference to Vader's upcoming battle with the other clone of Marek. When Vader was defeated by the clone at the end of the game, the Dark Apprentice chose not to intervene in Vader's capture for unknown reasons, as seen in the light side ending. However, the Dark Apprentice only appeared when his counterpart was about to deliver a finishing blow to kill Vader, as seen in the dark side ending. In the light side ending, Vader's life was not in immediate danger, thus not requiring the Dark Apprentice to stop "Starkiller" from executing the Sith Lord.
You have faced your final test. What is thy bidding, my Master?. Take his starfighter. Scour the far reaches of the galaxy. Find the last of the Rebels and destroy them. As you wish.
—Darth Vader and the Dark Apprentice
Ignoring Kota's pleas to take Darth Vader alive as a prisoner for the Rebellion, Starkiller gives into his anger and hatred. As he moved to strike down his former Master, a red-bladed lightsaber emerged from the center of his torso. Shocked and overcome by agonizing pain, Starkiller dropped his lightsabers and fell to the ground in front of Vader. With Starkiller down and mortally wounded, his attacker de-cloaked, thus revealing that he had been secretly watching the duel the entire time. Rahm Kota activated his lightsaber and tried to kill Vader's savior, but his attempts were in vain. The dark assassin skillfully blocked all of Kota's attacks and slashed the general across the chest with one swift strike. While the Terror Troopers dispatched several Rebel soldiers and PROXY, the assassin grabbed Kota with Force and threw him into the remaining Rebels. With a powerful Force push, he sent Kota and his men into the vast ocean of Kamino.
As Starkiller struggled to move despite his fatal wound, Darth Vader slowly walked over to the dying clone and revealed that he had lied about failing to perfect the accelerated cloning process. At that moment, the mysterious assassin made his way over to Vader's side and lowered his hood to reveal his identity. As Starkiller looked at the face of the man who killed him, he saw that it was his face, only pale and visibly corrupted by the dark side. The assassin revealed himself to be a fellow clone of Darth Vader's fallen apprentice, the only perfect clone amongst many failures, including Starkiller. After gazing at the fallen form of Juno Eclipse for the last time, the imperfect clone despaired and died. As the dark clone awaited his new orders, Vader commended him for completing his final test and then commanded him to take the Rogue Shadow in order to search the galaxy for the last of the Rebel leaders—and to kill them. As the Dark Apprentice turned to leave, he took a moment to stare at the dead body of the woman who loved his genetic template. Having rid himself of the original Starkiller's emotions, the dark clone walked past Juno's body. With a small TIE fighter escort, the Rogue Shadow moved through the debris left behind in the space battle above Kamino and entered hyperspace.